Best of Q3: Dan’s List

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All things considered, this was a pretty solid three months for metal. I’ll admit up front that I probably didn’t listen to as much from July through September as I had during either of 2015’s first two quarters, but luckily, the stuff I did listen to has held up pretty damn well. Here’s what I’ve got for ya: Continue reading

Best of Q3: Corey’s List

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I always appreciate these quarterly recaps that we do here at Nine Circles. With all the new music flying around week after week, month after month, it’s always good to take a minute to reflect on some of the better work we’ve been exposed to. The last few months have delivered a number of memorable albums from bigger names like Lamb of God and Amorphis, but at the same time a number of more obscure bands have forced their way into the periphery of many. My list has a bit of all that, so let’s take a look.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 12

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Tour and festival news galore this week! The guys touch on recently announced treks from King Diamond and Deafheaven, before waving hello to Netherlands Deathfest, and (SHOCKER!) goodbye to Mayhem Fest. Plus, new albums from Kataklysm and Barshasketh, and a concert review from Dan!

All that and much, much more in Episode 12, so check it out!

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Album Review: Barshasketh – “Ophidian Henosis”

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Genres grow stale. We know this. How much repetition can we bear before we completely stop giving a shit? And one genre that’s more guilty of this than many others is, dare I say it, black metal. We get it. We do. Satan. Blast beats. Tremolo picking. Grim… kvlt… frostbitten… raw. But it can get boring. The trick is to differentiate yourself from the pack while staying true to the roots that define your genre’s existence. Fortunately, with their new album, Ophidian HenosisBarshasketh have done exactly that…and crafted one of the best albums of the year to date as a result. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 31’s New Releases in Brief

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Barshasketh release their new album, Ophidian Henosis, this week. (Image via The Midlands Rocks)

Another new release Friday is upon us! And after a pretty exciting one last week, things are a bit slower this week—at least in terms of big names. There’s still lots of good stuff to dig into though, so here are some of the highlights:  Continue reading